Book Recommendation: Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

10 Summer Reads for 2017

I “met” Pepper Basham through my little sister, but when I say met, I mean that my sister met Pepper and then told me to read Pepper’s first book, The Thorn Bearer. And just like that, I became one of Pepper’s friendly stalkers. And, I guess I’m proud to say that I continue to fangirl over her books and creep on her Facebook.

What I love about Pepper Basham’s writing is that she creates characters with deep wounds and then she offers second chances. Now, who doesn’t have a deep wound? And, more importantly, who doesn’t love second, third, 100th chances?

All that to say, I’m really excited to see Just The Way You Are hit the bookshelves.
[I received this book for free. My opinions are my own.]

Cordially Barbara’s Review

On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Just The Way You Are by Pepper D. Basham is Lindt Lindor Truffles (my fave is dark chocolate). Chocolate crunch on the outside and creamy goodness in the center, but wait, it’s in book form!

Eisley, the heroine of Britallachia (Britain and Appalachian Mountains) stumbles right into the arms of a British grandpa. Romantic, right? Did I mention he’s a certified matchmaker? Enter the handsome grandson, Wes.

I adore Eisley because she’s every girl who’s ever been afraid to dream a happily ever after, who says all the wrong things, and who has a giving heart for her family. Really, that has to be all of us? But, Eisley isn’t a picture perfect character. She makes mistakes, assumes, and fears trusting.

So let’s get realer than real: I giggled my way through this Disney-like fairytale, where story becomes reality. #hopelessromantic

(If you loved this review, keep up with my reviews on Instagram and GoodReads)

About the Book

IMG_5776Book: Just the Way You Are

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance safely housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her reluctant heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.
When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grace salvage their unexpected romance?

About the Author

PepperquiltPepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the Inspys, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, releases in April 2016. You can get to know Pepper on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.

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What are you reading right now and why do you love it?


  1. Becky Smith   •  

    I’m reading Home At Last by Deborah Raney. It is her first book that I have read, and it’s been really interesting. I admit that it has brought tears to my eyes several times, but I have a hard time putting it down.

    And I LOVED JTWYA!!! This is another fun interview, and, yeah I fangirl, too over Pepper’s books! She has a wonderful style of writing that I just want to devour each book until it’s done – and then start over at the beginning and read it again!

    • Barbara   •     Author

      Becky! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ve read a few books by Deborah Raney when I was back in college working on my English major (yes, it was required reading! #score). I should read more from her.

      I’m right there with you on JTWYA. And I loved the thread of mystery interspersed with all the other good factors of romance, family, and cultures! But, I think my favorite might have been The Thorn Healer. Have you read that one? I think I relate to that Jessica Ross. 🙂

  2. Emily Endrizzi   •  

    This sounds like a sweet romance. Thanks for sharing.

    • Barbara   •     Author

      Emily, it’s just gorgeous. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope that you get a chance to. Pepper has such a hilarious and wonderful way of writing!

  3. Pepper   •  

    I love you, Barbara!! You compared this story to chocolate – how can a girl NOT love that 😉

    But I just am so thankful for your sister’s introduction, because you truly are an beautiful woman with sparkling ideas and an amazing about of enthusiasm. Being both a lover of good food and good books just puts you WAYYYYY up there on the like-able list.

    Thanks so much for your encouragement AND for being with me on this journey. I’m so thankful for you!!!

    • Barbara   •     Author

      Awww, Pepper. My food comparisons are often inspired by the book itself, and that Ghirardelli line probably prompted my own Chocolate comparison.

      Tehehe, thank you for finding me on the like-able list, and for sharing what you see in me. It’s encouraging to hear that perspective!

      Oh, and I love joining you on this journey because celebrating each book release is like a big party each time. I can hardly wait to party out every other coming book!

  4. Bree   •  

    I love your rating! This is a book I am hoping to read soon!! Thanks for the lovely review!

    • Barbara   •     Author

      Bree, thank you for stopping by. And yes, JTWYA is fantabulous fun, and I want you to read it so very soon. I’ve tons of favorite parts, but I just think Eisley is the sweetest and most lovable character!

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